Eva Jablonka, Cohn Institute

Born - Poland 1952. Immigrated to Israel 1957.

Academic Qualifications and Awards

1976 B.Sc. in Biology from Ben-Gurion University, Israel.

1980 M.Sc. (with distinction) in Microbiology from Ben-Gurion University, Israel, for work carried out 1978-80.
          Subject of Thesis: Regulation of Peptide Transport in E. coli.

1981 Awarded the Landau Prize of Israel for outstanding M.Sc. work.

1988 Ph.D. in Genetics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, for work carried out 1983-87 under
          the supervision of Prof. Menashe Marcus and Prof. Howard Cedar. Subject of Thesis: Alterations in
          Chromosomal Structure and Genic Activity in the Inactive X chromosome in Female Mammals.

1988 Awarded Marcus prize for outstanding Ph.D work.

1990 Awarded the Allon Fellowship in 1990.

Teaching and Research Experience

1978 - 1980 Assistant in Genetics, Microbiology and Biochemistry courses in Ben Gurion University.

1981 - 1982 Research work for the Van-Leer Institute, Jerusalem. Subject: The Biological Perspective in
             the Work of Jean Piaget.

1987 Post-doctoral position in the Medical Research Council Mammalian Development Unit,
             London, with Dr. Anne Mclaren and Dr. Marilyn Monk.

1988 - 1990 Post-doctoral fellowship in the Edelstein Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science
             Technology and Medicine.

1987 - 1989 Taught the following: (i) A course in 'Genetic Analysis' for the students of the
             "Interdisciplinary Project for Promoting Excellence" in Tel-Aviv University; (ii) An M.Sc.
             course 'Philosophical Problems in Biology', in Tel-Aviv University; (iii) An M.Sc. course
             in the Philosophy of Biology at the Hebrew University; (iv) A course in the History of Genetics
             for M.Sc. students in Tel-Aviv University.
1986 - 1989 Together with Lia Ettinger created and organized the Discussion Group in Theoretical Biology
             at the Hebrew University.

1990 - 1991 Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Group on 'Biological Foundations of Human Culture' in
             Bielefeld University, Germany.

1990 - 1993 Lecturer, The Cohn institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, teaching
             Genetics, Evolutionary Biology (in the Zoology Department), Philosophy of Biology, History
             of Genetics.

1993 - 2000 Tenured senior lecturer, Tel-Aviv University.

1994 - 1995 Fellow of the Collegium Budapest Institute of Advanced Studies. Member of an International
             Theoretical Biology Group.

1997 - 1998 Fellow of the Institute for Advance Studies in Berlin.

2000 Associate Professor, Tel-Aviv University.

2000-2001 Visiting scholar (Sabbatical) in The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley.

Research Interests

Heredity, Epigenetics. Evolutionary Biology, Behavioural Ecology, Developmental Biology, Linguistics,
History of Genetics and the Philosophy of Science.


EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organisation) Post-doctoral Fellowship (10.87 - 01.88).

Post-doctoral Fellowship in the Edelstein Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science,

Technology and Medicine, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (01.88 - 01.89).

Allon Fellowship, Tel-Aviv University (10.90 - 10.93).

Fellow of the Collegium Budapest, Institute for Advanced Studies (10.94 - 2.95).

Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Berlin (10.97 - 7.98).

Research fellow in the MVZ, Berkeley, 2001.


Eva Jablonka (previously Tavori)


Eva Jablonka and Marion J. Lamb (1995) Epigenetic Inheritance and Evolution -
the Lamarckian Dimension, Oxford University Press.

Eva Jablonka (1994) (In Hebrew) History of Heredity. Ministry of Defence Publishing House, Israel.

Eva Jablonka (1994 -1997) (In Hebrew) Evolution-A Textbook in Evolutionary Biology for the
Open University, Israel. Open University Press. 7 units. 700 pages.

Eytan Avital and Eva Jablonka. (2000) Animal Traditions: Behavioural Inheritance in Evolution. Cambridge University Press.

Eva Jablonka and Marion J. Lamb (1995)(2005) Evolution in Four Dimensions. MIT Press.


1. Tavori H., Kimmel Y., and Barak Z. (1981) Toxicity of leucine-containing peptides in Escherichia coli
     caused by circumvention of leucine transport regulation. Journal of Bacteriology,146, 676-683.

2. Barak Z., Gollop N., and Tavori H. (1981) Peptide uptake - a method circumventing regulation of leucine
     transport in E. coli. 13th FEBS Meeting, 1981.

3. Barak Z., Tavori H., and Gollop N. (1981) Negative control of leucine transport in E. coli K-12.
     Israel Journal of Medicine.

4. Gollop N., Tavori H., and Barak Z. (1982) Acetohydroxy acid synthase is a target for leucine-containing
     peptide toxicity in Escherichia coli. Journal of Bacteriology, 149, 387-390.

5. Jablonka-Tavory E. (1982) Genocopies and the evolution of interdependence. Evolutionary Theory,
     6, 167-170.

6. Jablonka E., Goitein R., Marcus M., and Cedar H. (1985) DNA hypomethylation causes an increase in
     DNase-I sensitivity and an advance in the time of replication of the entire inactive X chromosome.
     Chromosoma, 93, 152-156.

7. Jablonka E., Goitein R., Sperling K., Cedar H., and Marcus M. (1987) 5-aza-C-induced changes in the
     time of replication of the X chromosomes of Microtus agrestis are followed by non-randon reversion to a
     late pattern of replication. Chromosoma, 95, 81-88.

8. Jablonka E., Goitein R., Sperling K., Cedar H., and Marcus M. (1987) Regulatory sites determining the
     time of replication of the X chromosome of Microtus agrestis. 7th International Congress of Human
     Genetics, Part I.

9. Jablonka E., and Lamb M.J. (1988) Meiotic pairing constraints and the activity of sex chromosomes.
    Journal of Theoretical Biology, 133, 23-36.

10. Jablonka E., and Lamb M.J. (1989) The inheritance of acquired epigenetic variations.
      Journal of Theoretical Biology, 139, 69-83.

11. Ettinger L., Jablonka E., and MacLaughlin P. (1990) On the adaptations of organisms and the fitness of
      types. Journal of Philosophy of Science, 57, 499-513.

12. Jablonka E., and Lamb M.J. (1990) The evolution of heteromorphic sex chromosomes.
      Biological Reviews, 65, 249-276.

13. Jablonka E., and Lamb M.J. (1990) Lamarckism and Aging. Gerontology, 36, 323-332.

14. Ettinger L., R. Falk, and Jablonka E. (1991) On causality, heritability and fitness.
      Biology and Philosophy, 6, 27-29.

15. Jablonka E., and Lamb M.J. (1991) Sex chromosomes and speciation. Proceeding of the Royal Society
      London B., 243, 203-208.

16. Jablonka E. and Lamb M. J. (1992) Species and Speciation. Nature, 356, 752.

17. Jablonka E., Lachmann M. and Lamb M. J. (1992) Evidence, mechanisms and models of the inheritance
      of acquired characters. Journal of Theoretical Biology. 158, 245-268.

18. Avital E. and Jablonka E. (1994) Social learning and the evolution of behaviour.
      Animal Behaviour, 48, 1195-1199.

19. Jablonka E. (1994) Inheritance systems and the evolution of new levels of individuality.
      Journal Theoretical Biology, 170, 301-309.

20. Jablonka E. (1994) The significance of epigenetic inheritance systems. Iyun, 42, 533-539. (in Hebrew).

21. Jablonka E. and Szathmary E. (1995). The evolution of information storage and heredity.
      Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 10, 206-211.

22. Jablonka E. and Regev A. (1995) Gene number, methylation and biological complexity.
      Trends in Genetics, 11, 383-4.

23. Jablonka E., Oborny B, Molnar E., Kisdi E., Hofbauer J., and Czaran T. (1995) The adaptive advantage
      of phenotypic memory. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, London B., 350, 133-141.

24. Avital E. and Jablonka E. (1996) Adoption, memes and the Oedipus complex: a reply to Hansen.
      Animal Behaviour, 51, 476-477.

25. Lachman M. and Jablonka E., (1996) The inheritance of phenotypes: an adaptation to fluctuating
      environment. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 181, 1-9

26. Jablonka E. and Rechav G. (1996) The evolution of language in the light of the evolution of literacy.
      In: The Major Origins of Language, (Ed. J. Trabant). Collegium Budapest, pp. 70-88.

27. Jablonka E. (1996) Do cells show off? Somatic selection and the nature of inter-cellular signalling.
      Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 11, 395-396.

28. Falk R. and Jablonka E. (1997) Inheritance: transmission and development. In: Human by Nature:
      Between Biology and the Social Sciences (Eds: Weingart P., Mitchell S.D., Richerson P.J. and Maasen S.)
      Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: Mahwah, NJ. pp. 390-400.

29. Jablonka E. (1998) The Evolution of Inheritance and Environment. In: The Co-Action between living
      Systems and the Planet. (Eds.: Greppin, H., Agosti, R.D., and Penel C. ), pp. 131-145. University of Geneva.

30. Jablonka E. and Lamb M.J. (1998) Epigenetic inheritance in evolution (A target article).
      Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 11, 159-183.

31. Jablonka E. and Lamb M.J. (1998) Genic-Neo Darwinism-is it the whole story?
      Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 11, 243-260.

32. Jablonka E. and Lamb M.J. (1998) Bridges between evolution and development.
      Biology and Philosophy, 13, 119-124.

33. Avital E., Jablonka E., and Lachmann M. (1998) Adopting adoption. Animal Behaviour, 55: 1451-1459.

34. Regev A., Lamb M.J., and Jablonka E. (1998) The role of DNA methylation in invertebrates:
      developmental regulation or genome defense? Molecular Biology and Evolution, 15, 880-891.

35. Jablonka E., Lamb M.J., and Avital E. (1998). Lamarckian mechanisms in Darwinian evolution.
      Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 13, 206-210.

36. Lachamnn M., Sella G., and Jablonka E. (2000) On the advantages of Information sharing.
      Proc.Roy.Soc. B 267, 1287-1293.

37. Jablonka E. and Ziman J. (2000) Biological evolution: processes and phenomena. In: Technological Innovation
      as an Evolutionary Process. (Ed: Ziman J.).pp. 13-27. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

38. Jablonka E. (2000) Lamarckian inheritance systems in biology: a source of metaphors and models in
      technological evolution. In: Technological Innovation as an Evolutionary Process. (Ed: Ziman J.), pp.27-41.
      Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

39. Dor D. and Jablonka E. (2001) From cultural selection to genetic selection: a framework for the evolution
      of language. Selection, 1-3, pp. 33-57.

40. Jablonka E. (2001) The systems of inheritance. In: Cycles of Contingency (Eds: Oyama, S., Griffith P.
      and Gray R., MIT Press), pp 99-116.

41. Daniel Dor and Jablonka Eva (2001). How language changed the genes. In Tabant J. Ward. S.
      (editors). Mouton de Gruyer: Berlin, pp 149-175.

42. Eva Jablonka and Marion J. Lamb (2002) "Epigenetic inheritance",
      an entry for the encyclopaedia of Social Sciences. Vol. 7, pp. 4706-4710.

43. Jablonka E. and Lamb M.J. (2002) Epigenetics. In: Encyclopedia of Evolution, Vol. 1 (Ed. Pagel, M.),
      pp. 310-311. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

44. Jablonka E. and Lamb M.J. (2002) Lamarckism. In: Encyclopedia of Evolution, Vol. 2 (Ed. Pagel, M.),
      pp. 602-605. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

45. Jablonka E. and Lamb M.J. (2002) Creating bridges or rifts? Developmental systems theory and
      evolutionary developmental biology. BioEssays, 24, 290-291.

46. Jablonka E., Matzke, M., Thieffry, D. and Van Speybroeck, L. (2002) The genome in context:
      biologists and philosophers on epigenetics. BioEssays, 24, 392-394.

47. Jablonka E. (2002) Information: its interpretation, its inheritance and its sharing.
      Philosophy of Science, 69: 578-605.

48. Jablonka E. (2002) Between Development and evolution: how to model cultural change.
      Proceedings of the British Academy, 112: 27-41.

49. Jablonka E. and Lamb M.J. (2002) The changing concept of epigenetics.
      Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 981: 82-96.

50. Jablonka E. (2004) From Replicators to Heritably Varying Phenotypic Traits: The Extended Phenotype Revisited.
      Biology and Philosophy, 19: 353-75 .

51. Jablonka E. and Lamb M.J. (in Press) Evolutionary epigenetics: Epigenetic Inheritance in Evolution. A chapter in the textbook of Evolutionary Genetics,
      Oxford University Press.

52. Jablonka E. (in Press) Epigenetic Epidemiology.
      Int J Epidemiol 2004; 33:929–35

53. Jablonka E. 2004. The peculiarities of mammalian sex chromosomes: an epigenetic view.
      Bioessays. 26(12): 1327-32.

54. Jablonka E. (In Press) Genes as followers in evolution – a post-synthesis synthesis?
      Biology and Philosophy.

55. Dor D. and Jablonka E. (2004) Culture and Genes in the Evolution of Human Language.
       In: Goren-Inbar, Naama, and John D. Speth (eds). (2004) Human Paleoecology in the Levantine Corridor. Oxford, England: Oxbow Press, pp.105-115.

Book Reviews (since 1995)

1. Journal Evolutionary Biology - Molds Molecules and Metazoa 1995.

2. Journal Evolutionary Biology - What is life? The next fifty years. Speculations on the future of biology. 1996.

3. Tends in Ecology and Evolution - The Complexity of Evolution. 1997.

4. Selection - The Evolution of the Common Good. Selection 1-3. pp 247-250. 2000

5. Heredity - Thinking about Evolution. Thinking about evolution. Volume 87, pp. 125-6. 2001.

6. Acta Biothertica – Marcello Barbieiri (2003). The Orgnis codes: an introduction to semantic biology, 52(1) 65-9). 2004.

7. Biology and Philosophy – (with Eytan Avital) Animal innovation.. In press/

Work in Progress

Eva Jablonka and Marion J. Lamb The evolution of information in the major transition. ( a paper for Journal of Theoretical Biology)

A book: From Generations to Genes: Some Roots and Branches in the History of Heredity (with Marion J. Lamb).

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